Monday, August 29, 2011
Canada compete well in areas but fall to Australian Barbarians
After fending off good early pressure from the Canadians it was the Australian Barbarians who opened the scoring as centre Rob Horne scored the games first try. The Canadians showed resolve as they continued to do well at scrumtime and went over for a well worked try as Ander Monro and DTH van der Merwe combined in what was a well-worked try. Scores were tied at 7-7 as James Pritchard succeeded in converting the try. The Australians were to go into the interval well in charge, however, as they responded with tries to wingers Rod Davies and Drew Mitchell as well as flyhalf Berrick Barnes. Canada did continue to fight back, nevertheless, and scored a second try before the halftime hooter as a van der Merwe turnover resulted in Phil Mackenzie scoring his third try in as many matches. The halftime scoreline stood at 26-14 to the Australians. The North Americans made a number of changes during the interval but were unable to compete as well as they had done in the first half. All points were scored by the Australians with backrower Matt Hodgson going over for a try from a 5 metre scrum and Ben Tapuai scoring a late tryto complete a 38-14 victory.